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Why Al Pacino Turned Down the role of Han Solo in Star Wars

Why Al Pacino turned down star wars

Al Pacino is one of the most iconic actors in the modern age of cinema, starring in many classic movies during his 45 year career in TV and Film.

But did you know he turned down another iconic role, in yet another classic movie?

Han Solo

The role Al Pacino turned down in George Lucas’ 1977 Star Wars movie was of course Han Solo and whilst I love The Godfather actor to death, I have a hard time imagining the legend in the role.

Perhaps it’s because Han Solo is such an iconic role? Perhaps it’s because Harrison Ford portrayed the character so well? Who knows. But I can’t see it.

Regardless of this fanboy’s opinions, it’s true that Lucas looked at a good number of actors before deciding on Ford including Nick Nolte, Kurt Russell, Burt Reynolds, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Walken, Perry King, Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, James Caan and, bizarrely, Bill Murray and Steve Martin.

An Offer he Could Refuse

If Pacino had accepted the role, it would’ve slotted in nicely between Dog Day Afternoon and …And Justice for All and perhaps the disaster that was Bobby Deerfield would never have happened.

Regardless, Pacino did in fact turn down the role and just this week whilst attending a recent “An Evening with Al Pacino” event in London, he explained precisely why he turned it down.

It was mine for the taking but I didn’t understand the script.

Short, to the point and entirely believable, wouldn’t you say?

What do you think?

Can you imagine Al Pacino portraying Han Solo? How do you think that would’ve changed the Star Wars movie? Let me know what you think in the comments below – it’ll be awesome to hear your opinion on the matter!

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